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Easy Weekend DIY Fixes: Doors and Floors

With each weekend comes time for you to carry out all those tasks that you have been thinking about during the week. Be it pesky creaks in your floorboard or a squeaking door - now is the time to sort that nagging issue. Here are our top 5 weekend DIY solutions.

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Friday 11 October 2019

With each weekend comes time for you to carry out all those tasks that you have been thinking about during the week. Be it pesky creaks in your floorboard or a squeaking door - now is the time to sort that nagging issue. Here are our top 5 weekend DIY solutions.

1.) Squeaking Doors

There are a number of options for fixing squeaky doors. Perhaps the most common solution is to use WD-40 on the hinges. Olive oil is another home-remedy option. If you are confident enough to remove the pins from the hinges, coating them in petroleum jelly before re-inserting is another tried and tested solution to banish squeaking hinges.

2.) Sticking Doors

There are a number of reasons why your door may be sticking. Firstly take into account the season: if it’s humid, this can cause wooden doors to expand and stick. Turning on your air conditioning can help the issue.

Hinges that have come loose can also cause a door to stick, so make sure to tighten any loose screws. Hinges at the bottom of the door can bend slightly with age and the weight of the door, swap this hinge with the top one which will be straighter and allow the door to open smoothly.

Screws that are in a stripped hole cannot be tightened, so if you notice any stripped holes, fill it in and tighten the screw once again.

For wooden doors that have been painted, if the paint has not been left to dry, this can cause the door to stick. This issue can be fixed by sanding the edges of the door with rough paint.

3.) Rattling doors

Perhaps one of the most frustrating door problems, yet thankfully easy to fix! A door can be stopped rattling in its frame by slightly adjusting the latch plate and allowing it to sit tighter. A screwdriver can be used to slightly bend the tab that sticks into the latch plate so it bends slightly towards the stop. Alternatively, any gaps can be filled with self-adhesive foam pads. The most elegant solution, however, is to move the door stop so it fits tighter.

4.) Slippery floors

A clean floor should never be slippy; when your wooden or linoleum floor is causing you to slip and slide, it is more likely to be caused by a build up of residue. This could be too much wax on the finish of the floor, a layer of dust that has formed, or even the use of a chemical for cleaning or polishing that was not compatible with your floor type.

To fix this problem, thoroughly mop your floor and leave it to dry entirely before walking on it again.

5.) Creaking floorboards

If you have access to the space beneath your floorboards, this is a relatively easy fix - but will require two people! Someone will need to walk along the floorboards while you are on the floor below listening to where the creaking is coming from. Once you locate the exact location, apply some glue to a wood shim and push it into the gap (don’t force it though). If the source of the problem is a longer gap, it will then be better to fill the space with construction adhesive - once this hardens it will prevent movement in the floor and stop the creaking.

If you would like to know of any of the products we can provide you with for any of these issues, make sure to call in to your local Haldane Fisher branch. There you’ll also be able to speak to one of our many experts who will be more than happy to help you with any queries you may have.